Onwausor officially signed his tender with the Ravens on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Onwuasor was given a second-round tender from the Ravens, and agreed to sign said tender Monday. In 16 games last season, the 26-year-old racked up 59 tackles (37 solo), five sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. With fellow linebacker C.J. Mosley electing to join the Jets this offseason, Onwuasor projects as a starting inside linebacker for Baltimore next season.
Onwausor received a second-round tender from the Ravens on Friday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. With fellow inside linebacker C.J. Mosley set to become an unrestricted free agent, Baltimore won't take any chances with its other starter at the position. The Ravens would receive a second-round pick in the unlikely event Onwausor receives an offer sheet they don't want to match. The 2016 UDFA had 59 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 16 games last season, with his strong work as a blitzer and cover man making up for a lack of size (227 pounds).
Onwuasor recorded 59 tackles (37 solo), 5.5 sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception across 16 games in the 2018 season. Although his tackle count took a big hit from his 90-tackle performance in 2017, Onwuasor still compiled another productive season in the league's best defense. He was fourth on the team in tackles while only playing 43 percent of the defensive reps. He also improved on reaching the quarterback in his third season, as his 5.5 sacks were also good for fourth-highest on the team. The linebacker is now slated to become a free agent along with C.J. Mosley, Za'Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs. It's unlikely that the Ravens can retain all four linebackers, which could lead to a big payday for Onwuasor elsewhere.
Onwuasor recorded nine tackles (eight solo), including two sacks, and a forced fumble in Saturday's win over the Chargers. Onwuasor's game Saturday was perhaps his best of the season. His nine tackles were a season high, and it was his second multi-sack game of the year. Through 15 games, Onwuasor has 5.5 sacks, 3.5 of which have come in the last four games. He'll look to continue the strong play into Week 17, when the Ravens will look to lock up the division with a win over the Browns.
Onwuasor recorded two tackles (one solo), including 0.5 sacks, and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. Onwuasor's sack Sunday gives him 3.5 on the season, a career-high. He's seen his role decrease dramatically this season, averaging just under 26 snaps per game after averaging over 40 last season. On the year he has 45 tackles (25 solo). He'll look to finish the year strong over the last two weeks, starting with Saturday's Week 16 matchup with the Chargers.